Duane Dunkerson, the Content Manager and Writer for the
Space Guy - Astronomy Briefly, has had a lifelong interest
in astronomy. Back in junior high in Cheyenne they were
asking him and telling him for what professions or occupations
he was suited. He chose "astronomer". He doesn't
recall what they told him to become.
Later, he studied astronomy and physics at the University
of Iowa. Since then he has collected a BA in history from
the U of I and an MA in English from the University of Northern
Iowa. He has not become an astronomer. This he does not
view with much regret, given that human observational/professional
astronomy has been in a long decline.
He has owned a Newtonian reflector - the old 4 ¼
" Edmund variety. He has also owned a 4" Meade
SC. As a club member he regularly used a 6" refractor
and a 12" Cassegrain. He observes nowadays with a 4.7
"refractor . What he does observe are mostly the brightest
planets, the moon, clusters, and pretty doubles. He's not
much into electronic observations though he appreciates
amateurs and others who can enjoy such procedures. Robotic
telescopes are of interest in that a desired event can be
recorded when weather conditions might otherwise prevent
acquiring knowledge of that event. But one cannot say, he
says, that what happened was experienced astronomically.
Past exploits include a candidacy for librarian of the first
major amateur radio astronomy group. He also was an occultation
observer and did plotting for other occultation observers.
Long ago he was science and tech editor for Bookpages, a
now defunct British Internet bookstore.
He has played in local chess tournaments and finished in
the money more than once. Before marriage he rode various
makes and models of motorcycles throughout the West and
the more civilized regions of the S, SE, and E. Off and
on since the 90s he has engaged in SWL with a Radio Shack
380 or a TenTec 320.
His day job is as an editor, part-time. He has a rarely
updated blog. Previously he did work as a research assistant
in microbiology and photobiology. His is co-author on two
papers concerning high altitude immunology and spaceflight
immunology. He has also been a technical writer.
He currently studies chess, guitar,and Brazilian Portuguese.